Mark Baxter

Howard County Police Department

Mark Baxter is a 20-year police veteran and currently a full-time sworn officer. For the past 12 years, he has been assigned as a detective, responsible for the investigation of counterfeit documents and alcohol-related violations. He has previously worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is a veteran of the United States Army. 

When he’s not hunting for fake IDs himself, Detective Baxter instructs police officers, police recruits, and civilians from across the country in the detection of counterfeit identity documents. He provides training for various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to include the United States Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association. He’s routinely utilized by the Courts as a Subject Matter Expert for the prosecution of fraudulent document cases.

Detective Baxter created the “Fake ID-Real Problem” initiative to battle fake ID use and access to alcohol by minors in his jurisdiction. To date, this program has prevented more than 2100 sales to minors and has led to the seizure of thousands of counterfeit IDs. Drawing on his years of expertise, he recently established SureScan in order to attain maximum nationwide impact fighting this problem. SureScan helps guide businesses, agencies, and organizations that deal with ID documents on a daily basis, detect counterfeit ID documents by providing proven ID authentication solutions, thereby decreasing identity fraud and reducing youth access to alcohol and tobacco products.